The Green Bay Packers survived a wild one in Cincinnati, edging out the Bengals 25-22 in their first overtime victory since December 23, 2018 against the New York Jets. Joe Philbin was the head coach at the time, so it’s an understatement to say a lot has changed. We’ll be taking a quick look at the top plays of the game and giving you the chance to vote on your favorite. We’ve narrowed the choices down to five plays, including more Randall Cobb magic and, of course, the game-winning field goal from Mason Crosby.
With both teams in a stalemate and the Packers unable to get much going on the scoreboard, Aaron Rodgers uncorked a bomb to Davante Adams, giving the Packers a chunk play they desperately needed all day. The 59-yard pass was Green Bay’s longest play of the day and gave the Packers some much needed breathing room. Despite stalling at the Cincinnati six-yard line, Mason Crosby was able to punch in the field goal to extend the lead to 22-14.
After the Bengals drove down the field to tie the game at 22 all, the Packers found themselves in a familiar position. 3:30 left on the clock with the game on the line. All that was needed was a field goal to win. Aaron Jones answered the call in a massive way, opening the drive with a 57 yard run to the Cincinnati 18 yard line. Breaking a couple of tackles on his way, Jones finished the run with a disrespectful stiff arm that sent Bengals CB Mike Hilton flying. After a few plays for no gain and a missed connection between Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, the Packers were forced to kick yet again. Mason Crosby missed the field goal, giving the Bengals a shot at winning the game.
But as you know, things didn’t go as planned! The Bengals experienced their own kicking woes, missing their shot at ending the madness and sending the game to OT. Cincinnati opened overtime with Joe Burrow throwing an inexplicable interception to De’Vondre Campbell, who rumbled down to the 17, setting up yet another field goal attempt. Surely this would be the one! “The game must be over!” I thought to myself in the sweltering stadium heat. Alas, the comedy of errors continued. Mason Crosby missed the 40-yard field goal and overtime carried on.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before. There was another missed field goal. After Evan McPherson celebrated his game-winning field goal that wasn’t, the Packers got the ball at their own 39-yard line with one more shot at winning the game. After a glorious Marcedes Lewis screen pass that went for 20 yards, a couple of negative plays left the Packers with 3rd and 16 at the Cincinnati 47-yard line. As he’s done so many times before, Randall Cobb came up huge over the middle, reeling in a strike from Rodgers for what looked like a first down. However, the play was called short. On 4th and 1, the Packers had a decision to make. Special teams coach Mo Drayton told Aaron Rodgers “Hell yeah he’s going to make it.” Rodgers agreed to kick. Only one more party needed convincing. Mason Crosby told Matt Lafleur, “I’ve got this.” “All right, you got it,” LaFleur replied.
After a nightmarish day at the office riddled with thoughts of wide left kicks, Mason Crosby nailed this one right down the middle. A 49-yard game-winner. Just one more for the legendary kicker’s sterling resume. Game over. Packers win 25-22.
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Davante Adams Hauls in a Bomb from Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Jones Breaks Free for 57 Yards
De’Vondre Campbell’s INT Sets Up the OT Field Goal Attempt
Randall Cobb Snags the Clutch 3rd and 16 Throw
Mason Crosby Ends the Afternoon Nightmare With a Game-Winner